Michaela joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as a Candidate Attorney in 2019 and was appointed as an Associate Designate in 2021.

Michaela has experience in advising clients in both finance and commercial transactions.


  • Assisting clients with a variety of funding transactions comprising of equity funding (including preference share funding), project finance and debt finance, acting for borrowers, project sponsors and lenders (including development finance institutions, banks and private equity funds).
  • Advising clients on aspects of finance including funding structures, risks and security arrangements.
  • Assisting clients with the amendment and restatement of existing ZAR and USD facilities and managing the finalisation of conditions precedent.


  • Assisting with the drafting and implementation of corporate restructuring transactions.
  • Assisting with the performance of due diligence investigations.
  • Drafting commercial agreements, including but not limited to memoranda of incorporation, shareholders' agreements, subscription agreements, sale of shares agreements, funding agreements and security agreements.
  • Drafting various company secretarial documents, including, inter alia, directors and shareholders resolutions.



  • BCom LLB, University of Stellenbosch